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2017 Lingua Franca The Plow Pinot Noir

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased at retail

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RATINGS

94Wine Spectator

Vibrant...balances refined layers of raspberry, dusky spice and flinty minerality with a handsome structure that builds elegant intensity toward fine-grained tannins.

94Vinous / IWC

A highly perfumed bouquet evokes red fruit preserves, potpourri and exotic spices, along with a vibrant mineral overtone that builds with air. Impressively concentrated yet lively, offering mineral-accented Chambord, cherry, floral pastille and spicecake flavors that show excellent detail. Finishes with smooth, harmonious tannins, a hint of allspice and strong, floral-driven persistence.

92The Wine Advocate

…scents of smoked cranberries, red and black currants and tart cherries accented by wet leaves, citrus, potpourri and bitters. Light to medium-bodied, its amaro-tinged fruits blossom slowly, textured by grainy tannins and juicy freshness and finishing long and citrusy.

91Wine Enthusiast

...a whiff of barnyard in the aromatics, and the fruit lingers in a spicy cranberry mode. Ample acidity pushed citrus flesh and zest through the finish.

REGION

United States, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola-Amity Hills

Willamette Valley AVA was established in 1983, and it is the oldest appellation in Oregon. Oregon’s modern wine industry began in the Willamette Valley in the 1960s when artists, vagabond winemakers, and U.C. Davis oenology graduates looking for new territory started their own, small, off-the-grid wineries. The appellation is the state’s largest, and it extends 175 miles from Columbia River on the Washington/Oregon border to just south of Eugene, near central Oregon. The Willamette River runs through the area, helping to give the appellation a mild year-round climate. There are six smaller sub-appellations within this AVA, but altogether the Willamette Valley has the largest concentration of wineries in Oregon, as well as the majority of the state’s most famous producers. Pinot Noir is king here, followed by Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling. To most admirers of Oregon Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley offers the most distinctive wine choices in the state.

TYPE

Red Wine, Pinot Noir

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.